Huthwaite War Memorial Project

BUXTON C.O. 306326

Charles O. Buxton

Charles Oliver Buxton

Private 306326 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 2/8th Battalion

Killed in Action Flanders 27th April 1917 : Aged 41

Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.

Charles Oliver was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, but is reportedly revealed enlisting June 1914, in Sutton-in-Ashfield, to begin duties in Ireland. A family man and Huthwaite resident for the last 16 years while formerly working at the New Hucknall Colliery. He left behind an unnamed wife and son, possibly born in Huthwaite, plus an adopted grandchild to suggest they had at least one older child.

Notts Free Press – 20th July, 1917.

Official intimation of the death of Private Charles Oliver Buxton, 306322, 2/8th Sherwood Foresters, was received by his widow (Greenwood Mount, Huthwaite) last Saturday morning, following a sympathetic letter from the chaplain of the regiment. He was 41 last May, and enlisted in June, 1915, being then employed at New Hucknall Colliery. He was in Ireland 10 months of last year after the rebellion, and went to France in February of this year. He was a native of Chesterfield but had lived in Huthwaite for the last 16 years. He leaves a wife, a son of 16 years, and also an adopted grandchild.
The following letters have been received:- "You no doubt have heard by now that your husband is reported as missing, believed wounded, since April 27th. May I assure you of my deep sympathy with you in your trouble. If we get any news of him you shall know at once. He is highly spoken of by both officers and men, and is greatly missed. May God strengthen and comfort you, and bring you good news of your husband.-Stanley Hide, Chaplain (Church of England)"
  "I am sorry to tell you that there is now no doubt that you husband has been killed. His body has been found by another battalion and buried in a British cemetery not far from where he fell. May God bless and comfort you and grant him rest.-Stanley Hide, Chaplain."

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Written 23 Jul 06 Revised 17 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott